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SciTrek Program for Future Scientists

What do scientists really do? Join the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center’s staff in exploring current scientific research activities in a variety of laboratory and outdoor field settings. The week’s activities focus on building the following skills:

Students participating in SciTrek will explore current scientific research from a variety of fields. In the past, topics have included the mountain pine beetle infestation, invasive plant species, dendrochronology, groundwater quality and quantity, geographic mapping, evolution/natural selection, solar energy, etc. The 2017 schedule can be viewed here. Students will receive personal mentoring from first-class teachers, staff and expert guest presenters. Please note that some outdoor field work will include a moderate amount of hiking.

This summer camp for high school students has been going strong since 1999. Take a look at our SciTrek YouTube video and our photo album and a news story.

The 2018 SciTrek Program will take place June 18 – 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. at Colorado State University. It is highly encouraged that students combine this experience with the Summer Vet Program for a full day of science-based activities.

The application period for summer 2018 is now closed. If you would like to be added to our contact list for summer 2019, please submit the student’s name and current grade level to our database. For questions and program inquiries, please contact the program coordinator, Courtney Butler at

Click here for Application/Registration information


Primary funding from the College of Natural Sciences.

Additional funding from
the Bohemian Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the National Park Service,
the Colorado State
Science Fair, Inc., as well as private donors.

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Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1802

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